According to Bernie Gracy, chief digital officer at Agero, “For a CIO, the challenge is balancing the tyranny of the now with the pressure of tomorrow.”
It seems as if the CIO is at a perpetual inflection point, facing competing functional and strategic priorities. CIOs are called to be more active in business decisions. Competition demands more innovative, transformative solutions for customers. At the same time, IT is responsible for maintenance of the most functional yet essential aspects of tech strategy, such as data management and security. One breach or snafu can spell disaster.
If CIOs are constantly spinning plates, those plates are undoubtedly becoming more numerous — and smaller and faster as well. The metaphor is stretched considerably when we add that those same plates are somehow becoming substantially more complex — and yet that is highly accurate (if a bit on the nose).
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